With fall well underway and winter knocking on our doors, make preparations to ensure your home stays well-heated this winter.
Heating your home efficiently during winter can help you stay warm without overspending on energy bills. By following these tips and making your home more energy-efficient, you can stay warm during the winter without breaking your budget on heating costs. It’s also better for the environment, as you’ll reduce your energy consumption and carbon footprint.
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Keep the Furnace Well Maintained
Proper HVAC system maintenance before the cold weather season is among the most essential things you can do to reduce your heating expenses. Heating systems filled with dust and dirt require more energy to push warm air across the clogged debris. Setting up an annual maintenance schedule with a St. Louis HVAC company ensures that all issues are managed before repairing or replacing the entire heating unit becomes necessary.
Invest In an Energy Efficient HVAC System
Consider replacing your HVAC system if it is at least ten years old. An energy-efficient HVAC system is the best choice if you are looking for a suitable replacement for the existing HVAC system in your home. With the latest technological developments in the last ten years, investing in an energy-efficient heat pump or furnace is practical since it will allow you to save on heating expenses over the next few years.
Sealing All Gaps and Leaks
Although you may have used caulk and weather stripping to cover all gaps in the windows and doors a year ago, it is essential to inspect all the doors and windows again for any new holes from where heated air may escape. It is also necessary that all gaps in the duct systems are covered. CNN Money has revealed that homeowners can increase the heating efficiency of their homes by 40 percent if they fix all holes in the duct system.
Use a Programmable Thermostat
Consider using a reliable programmable thermostat for your HVAC system. Programmable thermostats are reasonably priced and can pay for themselves within a few months after purchase. Programmable thermostats can also automatically lower the temperature of the home when you go to work or when everyone is sleeping.
Lower the Temperature
Lowering the thermostat’s temperature by 10 to 15 degrees for around eight hours may save you around 15 percent on your heating expenses during the winter, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
These tips can help you and your family stay warm during the chilly winter months and, at the same time, keep your heating expenses under check. If you want to know more about energy efficiency, you can request your HVAC company to conduct an energy audit and recommend additional ways to conserve energy.